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Saturday, September 23
 

8:30am

Local Control vs. Local Liberty
Who gets to decide how cities and counties operate: mayors, council members and voters, or the state?

Supported by Texas Municipal League

Moderators
avatar for David Brown (mod.)

David Brown (mod.)

Host and Managing Editor of the Texas Standard
Brown is the host and managing editor of Texas Standard, a statewide public radio program produced at the studios of KUT News in Austin in association with KERA North Texas, Houston Public Media and San Antonio’s Texas Public Radio, along with media partners across Texas. He is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Eckhardt

Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Judge
Eckhardt has served as judge since 2015. Prior to her election, she spent 8 years working as an assistant attorney for the county and was elected to the Commissioners Court in 2006. Eckhardt also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization... Read More →
avatar for Gina Hinojosa

Gina Hinojosa

State Representative
Hinojosa, D-Austin, is in her first term representing House District 49. She sits on the House Economic & Small Business Development, Homeland Security & Public Safety, and Administration committees. Previously, Hinojosa served on the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees... Read More →
avatar for Don Huffines

Don Huffines

State Senator
Huffines, R-Dallas, has represented Senate District 16 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee and sits on the Administration, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees... Read More →
avatar for Clay Jenkins

Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Judge
Jenkins has served as County Judge since 2011. Previously, he served as a lawyer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and a former clerk with the Texas Supreme Court. Jenkins is the President of Jenkins & Jenkins, his Dallas-based law firm. Jenkins is also a member of the Dallas Criminal... Read More →
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He sits on the House Calendars, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and State Affairs committees. Paddie authored House Bill 100, which set statewide regulations on ridesharing services. He previously served on the... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

One on One with Mike Rawlings
The Dallas mayor on the challenges of running one the country’s biggest cities

Supported by Oncor

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Rawlings was first elected Dallas' mayor in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

How Cities are Tackling Climate Change
With the U.S. out of the Paris Accord, the fate of the world could be in the hands of mayors

Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on energy and environmental policy for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Adler

Steve Adler

Mayor of Austin
Adler has served as mayor since 2015. He has represented Austin in the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a network of 294 U.S. mayors focused on addressing climate change at the local level, and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a similar international effort by 90 major... Read More →
avatar for Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Buttigieg has served as mayor of South Bend since 2012. He is president of the Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus and was a candidate for chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017. Buttigieg is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took a leave of absence for a seven-month... Read More →
avatar for Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio
Nirenberg was elected mayor in June, defeating incumbent Ivy Taylor. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council, where he chaired the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and served on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for Annise Parker

Annise Parker

Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Parker was one of the co-founders of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a coalition of U.S. mayors committed to enacting local initiatives... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

The Limits of Annexation
When cities decide to expand, who gets a say?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Rivard (mod.)

Robert Rivard (mod.)

Director of The Rivard Report
Rivard founded the Rivard Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local news website based in San Antonio, in 2012. Previously, he served as editor and managing editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Rivard also served as a foreign correspondent in Central America for Newsweek magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell

State Senator
Campbell, R-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 25 since 2013. She serves as chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee and sits on the Business & Commerce, Education, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In 2017, Campbell authored SB 715... Read More →
avatar for José Menéndez

José Menéndez

State Senator
Menéndez, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 26 since 2015. He sits on the Senate Criminal Justice, Higher Education, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In May 2017, he filibustered and successfully killed SB 715, a bill limiting cities’ annexation powers... Read More →
avatar for Justin Rodriguez

Justin Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 125 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations, Pensions, and Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure committees. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council and on the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees. Rodriguez... Read More →
avatar for Paul Workman

Paul Workman

State Representative
Workman, R-Austin, has represented House District 47 since 2011. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Natural Resources committees and the Subcommittee on Special Water Districts. Previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Workman is also the founder of Austin-based... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

Big-City Economics
Pensions, property taxes and how to keep our communities from going belly up

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Formby (mod.)

Brandon Formby (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He joined the Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. Previously, Formby spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Capriglione

Giovanni Capriglione

State Representative
Capriglione, R-Southlake, has represented House District 98 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Government Transparency & Operation Committee and sits on the Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars, and General Investigating & Ethics committees. He also chairs the... Read More →
avatar for Dee Margo

Dee Margo

Mayor of El Paso
Margo was elected mayor in May 2017. Previously, he represented District 78 in the Texas House and served as chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Margo also helped found the Regional Economic Development Corporation and served as president of the El Paso ISD Board... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Mayor of Fort Worth
Price was first elected in 2011 to lead the city of Fort Worth. As mayor, she has led initiatives to promote fiscal sustainability and further develop the city’s urban city center. Previously, Price served as Tarrant County’s tax assessor for more than a decade and was a private... Read More →
avatar for Rey Saldaña

Rey Saldaña

San Antonio City Council Member
Saldaña has represented Council District 4 since 2011. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and as chief engagement officer for KIPP San Antonio. Saldaña has worked on several education initiatives, including organizing the Books... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

One on One with U. Reneé Hall

The new top cop in Dallas on fighting crime, keeping the peace, and secrets of urban policing

Supported by Operation Blue Shield

Moderators
avatar for Krys Boyd

Krys Boyd

Host and Managing Editor of KERA’s “Think”
Boyd has served as host and managing editor of KERA's "Think" since 2006. She also hosted the weekly TV edition of Think from 2007 to 2011. Boyd joined KERA in 2001 and hosted the nightly radio talk show Conversations. She also wrote and produced the documentary JFK: Breaking the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for U. Reneé Hall

U. Reneé Hall

Chief of the Dallas Police Department
Hall was named the 29th chief of the Dallas Police Department in July 2017, the first woman in the department’s history to hold this position. She began her tenure as the head of the department in early September. She has more than 18 years of experience in law enforcement, and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705